A machine-builder at heart, Jon Kessler delights in creating immersive kinetic installations that often incorporate sound elements. Using his art to make statements about surveillance and narcissism in contemporary existence, Kessler's playful yet powerful pieces merge simple mechanical processes with digital technology.
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About the artwork
Deeply influenced by issues of justice and detention, this artwork takes the form of a figurine clad in the orange jumpsuit of a Guantanamo Bay detainee kneeling dejectedly, head bent and bound at the wrists. The title, Habeas corpus, refers to the legal recourse whereby a person can report unlawful imprisonment before a court, generally through a prison official. An "icon of unseen events", the piece stands for those who have been wronged by the system, the bowed figure expressing more than a written political account ever could.